Date published 16th August 2021

Studying as a Mature Student

Learning is for everyone, regardless of age and it’s never too late to develop yourself academically. More and more students turn to education at a later stage of their life with a purposeful meaning to their study. However, jumping into studying can be a daunting experience as a mature student: you may have spent the past few years building your career or focusing on your family but are now considering doing something for you. Higher education is a great way to gain new skills and study something you love.

We want to highlight some of the benefits of studying as a mature student:

Flexible study options

University no longer has to be a full-time commitment; higher education is flexible and can work around your career and personal responsibilities. At Solent Centres the courses consist of daytime, evening and weekend study options, meaning neither your studies or personal life need to be put on hold.

Fund it with Student Finance

Finances can be a contributing factor a mature student may consider when returning to education. You may already have financial commitments or may simply not be able to afford the fees. Luckily, in the UK, Student Finance England (SFE) offer student loans to those who wish to further their learning through higher education.

If you are eligible, you may be able to receive a loan to cover the cost of your university fees, as well as helping with living costs. Those on a low income, who have a disability, or have children may also be eligible for additional financial support. You can find out more at Gov UK.

Boost your grades

Sometimes, students may not meet the necessary grade requirements for their chosen higher education programme. A selection of our undergraduate programmes are coupled with a Foundation Year to get your grades up to the standard necessary to complete your degree.

A Foundation Year builds upon your current set of skills and provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to complete your undergraduate degree. There’s no need to worry about your grades or skill level, we are here to help you get to where you’d like to be.

Study a subject you enjoy

As a mature student you will have had more life experience than when you were younger. You’ll have a better understanding of what you enjoy and what you want to achieve, whether this is a personal goal or to support your career. Choosing a degree will be a more informed choice and your university experience will be more enjoyable.

Higher education as a mature student is an opportunity to boost your CV and employability, whilst taking control of your future. Solent Centres have a selection of learning options to choose from, you can find out more by visiting our course page.